We know little of the new courses which have hosted a few PGA tour school events in the last number of years. I usually enjoy studying the new tracks and gaining an advantage on the layers but this is a shade more difficult. This tournament has always been a total birdie fest which makes it hard to predict. The introduction of the Pete Dye designed Stadium course should make the assignment a shade tougher than usual so that is welcome. We will still be looking at a 20 under plus winning score though I'm sure. I'll be looking for golfers who are good all rounders and can cope with all aspects of the game.
Our top selection goes to David Lingmerth. Admittedly I've had a poor betting record at this event with the closest I have come to a winner is Ryan Palmer's runner up finish to Patrick Reed. Therefore I am trying to find an angle, and the tougher Pete Dye course which will host two of the four rounds holds the key. Don't get me wrong, there will be plenty of birdies here, but not as much as usual in this event.
The Dye course will host a tremendous finish with an Island green on the par 3 17th mimicking one of his more well known designs. Lingmerth won the Memorial last year (Nicklaus design) and he takes to this event with another Nicklaus design hosting one of the four days. However he finished high up in last years PGA on the Pete Dye designed Whistling Straits, and has also finished 2nd at Sawgrass. Couple that with his playoff defeat here in 2013 and Lingmerth rates as a solid selection for this event. He has started his year with two top 15 finishes, all be it one of those in a small field. He has all the attributes to add this tournament to his curriculum vitae so we'll support him at some tasty odds this week.